I am relieved, says Barnswell

Trial begins for four
accused in Nannyville

MAY Pen Mayor, Councillor Scean Barnswell has expressed relief at the not guilty verdict handed down by the court on Friday, August 21 on charges brought against him for attempting to mislead the contractor general in his investigations into the controversial building of shops for vendors at the Spa ... Read More

Chereese Ricketts in a 1971 VW, the
second of three vehicles that
transported her from Porus to
Mandeville. Looking on is owner Ivor
Wong as his wife sits at the front. You've made us proud
Mandeville, Manchester- Having been out of the parish since she copped the Miss Jamaica Festival Que ... Read More

A woman sits on the side of the New Danks Road in
Clarendon on Friday. Residents say the road has been
in a deplorable condition for more than a decade. Mullett Hall residents feel neglected
A teddy bear lay on the bank of the Rio Minho in the Mullett Hall area of Clarendon to dry. Around i ... Read More

Member of Parliament Richard Parchment wants the help of
school leaders in getting needy children on PATH. MP wants school leaders to assist the poor in accessing PATH
Santa Cruz, St Elizabeth - Member of Parliament for South East St Elizabeth, Richard Parchment has c ... Read More

Work experience boosts tertiary students

Monday, August 24, 2015    

Jamalco summer employee Nikole Moulton enters accounting information to facilitate payments
to suppliers.

MAY PEN, Clarendon - Bauxite/alumina company, Jamalco continued its long standing contribution to education in Clarendon by providing opportunities to 58 university and college students to gain work experience during the summer break while earning a stipend to assist with back-to-school expenses. The majority of the students engaged worked for three months, from June to August and were deployed across the company's mining and refining operations. They comprise a mix of employees' children and r ... Read More

PHOTO: Oh Boy!

Monday, August 24, 2015    

Oh Boy!

Up to late last week intense drought continued to plague the more southerly and coastal sections of south central Jamaica. But in recent weeks, rain has returned to the more northerly communities of the south central region. This photo taken last week shows motorists on Ward Avenue in Mandeville struggling to negotiate flood waters following a particularly heavy downpour. As the old saying goes 'if is not one thing, is another'. (PHOTO: GREGORY BENNETT) Oh Boy! --> Read More

Jamalco spends heavy on education

Monday, August 24, 2015    

Beneficiaries of Jamalco's Education Assistance Programme
during the scholarship awards function held recently. Sharing
the occasion are former manager Corporate Services & Gov't
Affairs, Leo Lambert (2nd row - left) and Dean of Discipline at
Vere Technical High School, Jacinth Williams (2nd row - right).

May Pen, Clarendon - More than 250 primary, secondary and tertiary level students from Jamalco's operating areas recently received education assistance valued at $10m from the bauxite/alumina company for 2015/2016. The awards were announced during a ceremony at the Wembley Centre of Excellence. Thirty-nine students received scholarships, 11 received bursaries and 70 received book grants. Another 130 students who live in the mining communities will receive books and other school supplies at a s ... Read More

PHOTO: Winners!

Monday, August 24, 2015    


Manchester Police North defeated Mandeville Guard Room 2-1 under lights at Brooks Park on Wednesday night to take the Manchester Police Divisional Six-a-Side Football Competition. Photo shows Manchester North players and support staff celebrating the moment. Competition organisers expressed their gratitude to several sponsors who made it possible. They included GraceKennedy, Member of Parliament for Central Manchester, Peter Bunting, Superior Parts Ltd, Jamaica Police Co-op Credit Union and Cris ... Read More

Tears for a fallen friend

Monday, August 17, 2015    


Custos of Manchester Sally Porteous (centre), who has been speaking out against crime in the parish, being comforted by Mayor of Mandeville Brenda Ramsay (left) and her sister and justice of the peace Judy Schoenbein, as she broke down during the thanksgiving service for the life of slain businessman and justice of the peace Terence Green at the Kendal Conference Centre in Manchester yesterday. (PHOTO: Gregory Bennett) Tears for a fallen friend --> Read More

Do not cower in fear

By Alicia Sutherland Observer staff reporter sutherlanda@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, August 17, 2015    

DARBY... one of the lessons
that we can learn from this
incident is that we cannot be
complacent (PHOTO:

KENDAL, Manchester -- It has been roughly a month since the life of Manchester justice of the peace Terence Green was snuffed out in a brazen attack by criminals. One suspect has since been taken into custody but he was not positively identified for the crime. However, what has been baffling the Manchester police is why more witnesses are not coming forward in the gruesome daylight murder. According to police reports, Green was returning from a bank at about 1:30pm on July 20 in the town of C ... Read More

Declare South East St Elizabeth a disaster area - MP Richard Parchment

BY GARFIELD MYERS Editor-at-Large South Central Bureau | Sunday, August 16, 2015    

Drought-stricken farm land in South East St Elizabeth

SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth - Claiming that the negative effects of drought on the residents of St Elizabeth South Eastern has exceeded that of Hurricane Dean in 2007, Member of Parliament Richard Parchment has repeated calls for his constituency to be declared a disaster area. Parchment told a constituency scholarship awards ceremony, for GSAT high achievers on Wednesday, that the declaration of a "disaster area" would make it easier for relevant government agencies to make the "appropriate resp ... Read More

Manchester marks freedom from slavery and Jamaica's political independence

Monday, August 10, 2015    

Custos of Manchester Sally Porteous (second left) got support
as she read the Emancipation Proclamation from the balcony of
the Mandeville Courthouse.

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — 'Emancipendence' celebrations in south/central Jamaica, much like the rest of the island, took varied forms. Leading up to the civic ceremony, Independence Festival Showcase and Parish Gala that culminated in the activities of August 6, the events organised by the Manchester branch of the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), included "Big Stage" auditions and community square concerts, church services to recognise Emancipation and Independence, an Eman ... Read More

Hope Gospel Assembly adds Manchester to annual back-to-school fair

Monday, August 10, 2015    

Garth… the fair will assist at least 1,800 students this year

Communities in Manchester have been added to Hope Gospel Assembly's annual back-to-school fair scheduled for this Saturday, August 15 starting at 8:00 am. In addition to the usual staging at the church grounds in Liguanea, St Andrew, the fair will also be held in Spalding, Melrose, Contrivance, Waldeston, and Greenvale, Rev Peter Garth, the church's senior pastor, told the Jamaica Observer. Now in its seventh year, the fair assists hundreds of children whose parents are facing economic difficu ... Read More

Use simple language to discuss climate change, says Mandeville mayor

Monday, August 10, 2015    

RAMSAY... integrate climate
change education as part of
routine training for farmers.

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Mayor of Mandeville Brenda Ramsay is urging that simple language be used in the discussion of the climate change phenomenon. That way, she says, everyone, including farmers, will better understand the effects of changing climatic patterns and the differences that people can make. Speaking at a function in Mandeville to distribute water storage tanks to farmers, as part of drought relief, Ramsay said many people thought climate change was a future risk rather than ... Read More



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